Professional Development Resources

*NEW* Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI)

The Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI) is a program meant to encourage Berea College staff to attend at least one on-campus event per month, if possible. For more information, please visit this webpage.

FERPA Training PowerPoint

Want to learn more about FERPA here at Berea College? If so, please login to review a PowerPoint created by the Office of the Registrar for all Berea College employees. Aslo be sure to check-out the FERPA webpage on the Office of the Registrar’s website:

Professional Development Request Form

Do you want to request professional development funds from your Vice President for a conference, training, certification, etc.? If so, simply fill out the form at this link:

The College’s Administrative Leadership Council (made up of the Administrative Committee, Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors) and Staff Forum leadership indicate that the top five requests for professional development from staff members are:

  1. Funds to attend or present at conferences and workshops;
  2. Increased frequency and levels of technology training;
  3. Certification training;
  4. Job-specific skills training; and
  5. Leadership skills development, including tools for running an effective meeting.

Priority allocation for staff development funds is given to 1) strategic professional development of staff to ensure that employees with promotional potential receive training to prepare them for the next step in their career progression at the College; 2) staff with credentials that require continuing education; and 3) staff presenting at a conference; and 4.) Technical skills training for new job related technology.

Instructions for Professional Development Proposals

Proposals should describe the activity, provide a budget, and indicate the amount of funding requested. Obtaining the support of your immediate supervisor is a required part of the application process. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served, basis and are subject to the availability of funds.

Travel Policy

Please note that all who receive funds involving travel must adhere to the Berea College Travel Policy.

Report on Completion

Staff who receive Staff Development Funding are to submit a report via email within 30 days of the completion of the project via email to a designated staff member within the Division (Staff members in the academic division are not required to complete a report after their project has been completed). Those staff members are as follows:

  • Alumni & College Relations: JoJo Wray
  • Financial Affairs: Scotty Abney
  • Information Systems & Services: Yvonne Williams
  • Student Life: Carla Roberts
  • Operations & Sustainability: Malissa Blair
  • President’s Office:  Sherry Thiele
  • Strategic Initiatives: Erica Woods
  • Labor: Brittany Ash

Please note that your direct supervisor’s electronic signature is required on this form.

If you experience any technical difficulty with this form, please contact Sam Cole via email at or via phone by calling ext. 3210.

If you are not sure about which Division you are in as a staff member, please consult this handy guide.

Professional Development Initiative Documentation

Vision Paper (PDF) (includes definition of professional development)

Staff Forum Presentation to A.C. in December 2015 (PDF)

Staff Professional Development and Climate Survey Instrument (PDF) (administered in 2015)

On and Off-Campus Professional Development Opportunities

WW at Work

Thursday, 9:15-9:45 a.m.

May 9- September 5

Hafer-Gibson 132

A new 17- week series of WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) will meet on campus starting Thursday 5/9  from 9:15-9:45 a.m. in Hafer-Gibson 132. The WW Freestyle program is 17 weeks in length (5/9-9/5) and includes: Weekly workshops, WW app, and the Wellness Wins rewards system. WW Freestyle is a flexible program that encourages you to eat more fruits, veggies, lean protein, and less sugar and unhealthy fats. This program helped your friends and coworkers collectively shed 713.2 lbs. in 2018.

You can learn about the program here:

The fee is $50 for employees, $50 for spouses/partners on a college medical plan, and is free for students. The $50 fee is due at the first meeting and can be paid in full via check, cash or credit card or with two checks for $25 to be deposited one month apart.

If you are interested in WW but cannot regularly attend the Thursday meeting on campus, you can join our meeting for the discount (17 week series are normally $221), and attend a meeting in Richmond at 12:15 or 6:00 p.m., or in your community if you do not live in the Berea area.

If you are interested in WW please fill out this form:

Couch to 5K


7:00 a.m. or

12:15 p.m.

May 13- July 12

Couch to 5K is a 9 week walking/jogging program that will take you from sitting on the couch to running a 5K (and loving it). The program begins May 13 and ends on July 12. All participants are encouraged to show off their running prowess at the Lexus of Lexington 5K benefiting the Woodhill Community Center on Saturday, July 13. Registration will be paid for those who attend 80% of the workouts.

Program meets three times a week(M/W/F) for 30-40 minutes each session (most workouts are 30 minutes in length including warm-up and cool down, then we stretch as a group afterwards). Most of the time we will alternate between walking and jogging.  As the program progresses the jog/run time increases while the walk interval decreases until you are running for 30 continuous minutes. The first workout is warm up (walk) for 5 minutes, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes, and then a 5 minute cool down walk.  Two sessions are being offered this summer: 7:00 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. It is OK to attend different sessions during the week based on your schedule.  It is also OK to sign up if you only want to walk.  Couch to 5K is a great way to schedule regular exercise into your day and meet students/coworkers you may not normally see on a regular basis.

The 7:00 a.m. session will run outside weather permitting. The 12:15 session will run inside on the Seabury indoor track.

The Spring group had a great time running the Flamingo 5K in Nicholasville.

Use this link to sign up:

Chair massages

Carrie Mahoney will continue her monthly chair massage offerings this summer.  She will be here from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:

May 14

June 11

August 13

Fee is $1.00 per minute. 5 minute minimum, 15 minute maximum. Appointments are required. Schedule by emailing

Coffee and Cream Chats

The Workforce Development Training Team at the Labor Program will once again be hosting informal meetings (with light refreshments!) for labor supervisors to meet and share ideas.

For more information, please email Collis Robinson (

Something to Chew On

Something to Chew On is a monthly event hosted by the Labor Office where a different department from campus has the opportunity to promote their program and give information to the staff and faculty about how their work affects the campus community.

For more information, please email Collis Robinson (

Green Dot Trainings

If you would like to find out more about Green Dot visit our website at

Green Dot Trainings for the Fall 2019 term include:

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 10:00 AM-12:00, in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 10:00 AM-12:00, in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

For questions or concerns email Heather Dent at or call 859-985-3983.

Safe Zone Training

Berea College is one of hundreds of colleges and universities that provide training to promote inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. More specifically, this Safe Zone Training Program provides participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge and awareness about gender and sexual identity development. Participants will be engaged in experiential activities that promote a space for dialogue and questions related to gender and sexual identity. Upon completion of the training, participants will leave with educational materials and an optional window cling or sticker to place in your office/workspace. Should you choose to take the Safe Zone sticker you will be communicating that your office is a safe, friendly, respectful, and non-judgmental space for our LGBTQ students. The Fall 2019 term will have two opportunities for this training:

  • Friday, September 6th from 10 AM-Noon in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Gallery (Stephenson Hall, First floor)
  • Wednesday, November 6th from 2:30-4:30 PM in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Gallery (Stephenson Hall, First floor)

For more information about this training opportunity, please contact Dr. Amanda Wyrick, Berea’s Safe Zone trainer at

Title IX Training

Covers Berea College’s policies and procedures on Sexual Misconduct, how to identify and prevent sexual violence, How to report and incident, and the impact of trauma on victims. All new employees are required to attend one of these sessions. For more information about upcoming sessions, please contact either Heather Dent or Joslyn Glover via email or phone. These trainings typically cover important information about Berea College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures and Nondiscrimination Policy, how to prevent and identify sexual violence, appropriate methods for responding to reports of sexual misconduct, and how and to whom such misconduct must be reported. The next training will take place on Thursday, August 15th in the Hutchins Library Flex Space.


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The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Linda Strong-Leek (, or Dr. Scott Steele (

LinkedIn Learning

Labor Program How-To Training Videos

Information about the Staff Development Fund

Information about Tuition Reimbursement

Berea College Staff Development Workshops
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BC Staff Development (BCSD) Schedule for Fall 2019

Berea College Staff Development with Mark Nigro, Learning & Training Coordinator —

Sep 11 (W)          Being and Becoming – context and culture of Berea’s workplace; 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall; Lunch included

Sep 25 (W)        Self-Leadership managing the time by working the priorities; 8:30 a.m. to noon, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall; We welcome prior attendees as an opportunity to refresh and reset your effective practices.

Oct 9 (W)             Intersection of Identity – working well with others in a complex inter-cultural workplace; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall; Lunch included.

Oct 23 (W)           Strengths Based Personal Leadership – Note – registration for this closes October 9; 8:30 a.m. to noon, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall.

Nov 6 (W)            Being and Becoming – context and culture of Berea’s workplace; 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall; Lunch included.

Nov 20 (W)         Bringing Out the Best in Others – principles and practices for elevating the motivational climate; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall; Lunch included.

Dec 12 (Th)           Intersection of Identity – Working well with others in a complex inter-cultural workplace; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall; Lunch included.

Dec 18 (W)          Being and Becoming – context and culture of Berea’s workplace; 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall; Lunch included.

For more information and to REGISTER, please use the following registration link:

  1. Click a specific workshop title to learn more details about the workshop. (Be sure to look at the ‘Live Events’ tab for the current workshops)
  2. To register: after opening a specific workshop, click “Register” and follow the prompts to reserve your seat.

Please make sure your schedule is open before you commit to registering. If you supervise staff employees, please discuss these professional development opportunities with your staff. Participants will explore topics through a combination of reflection, discussion, and group activities.

  • Note for NEW staff members —  the required Being and Becoming program provides essential exploration about our unique College workplace, and is offered on a periodic basis. Three date options are available this Fall.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436.

The Civil Rights Seminar & Tour

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

The Appalachian Seminar & Tour

Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups

For more information email Sarah Broomfield at:

Participation in Community Reading Groups

For more information on Community Reads, please contact Sarah Broomfield via email or by calling 859-985-3487.

Lunch & Learn Workshops (Contact Jill Gurtatowski for more information).